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Daring and Dark—When guest curator, Ann Aptaker, sat down to select the art for October, she remarked immediately that the quality of the entries was impressive and noticeably higher than her first two times as curator for Barebrush, August 2008 and September 2010. In the call for entries for the October 2012 calendar, she had offered this challange:
I look for fearlessness. That’s not the same thing as recklessness. Recklessness is all risk, empty of vision. Fearlessness starts with vision and then uses the artist’s skill to explore that vision through the thrill of the risk.Not surprisingly, as Ms. Aptaker went through the artworks, her standards also rose. After a while she remarked, “I am getting very fussy in my old age and I can easily tell the difference between the real deal and those who have skill but have nothing to say.”
When the 31 artworks were choosen, the powerful darks in many of the compositions became evident. Ms. Aptaker selected a dark drawing, N*de St*dy 2011 WB2 by C. Charles Wang of Virginia to launch the month. She noted, “He has a very interesting way of dealing with volume...almost sculptural.” For her other Curators’ Choice nominations, Ms. Aptaker selected an oil, Prophecy by Ione Citrin of Los Angeles; a display of sculptures, Perfectly Naked Suite by Christopher Smith of Philadelphia; an oil, Armspan by Gary Paul Stutler of Vallejo CA; and a drawing, Sad Seated Male by Will Ellis of New York city.
One artist, Elizabeth Rothschild of New York City is making her calendar debut in the Barebrush October 2012 calendar with an acrylic sketch, Man from Midnight Hour Drawathon. Five artworks are making their last calendar appearance, having now been selected for three calendars. Three of them are already mentioned as Curators’ Choice nominees: Sad Seated Male by Will Ellis; Armspan by Gary Paul Stutler and Perfectly Naked Suite by Christopher Smith. Two others, Woman with Roses by Desiree Rose and Four-Hand Composition by Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen, are also being retired. The artworks, of course, remain on the Barebrush website as part of the official history of Barebrush.com. The art can also be seen in each of these artist’s calendar gallery.
The 31 artists represented in October, 2012, in day order are:
1* C. Charles Wang, 2 Lauren Rinaldi, 3 Judith Carlin, 4 Bill Foote, 5 Carmiah Frank, 6 Paul Rybarczyk, 7 Cynthia Angeles, 8 Marie-Paule Martin, 9 Jon Rettich, 10* Ione Citrin, 11 Merrill Brace, 12 Desiree Rose, 13* Christopher Smith, 14 Robin Kappy, 15 Angelique Moselle Price, 16 Jennie Rosenbaum, 17 Terry Tayler, 18 David Schulz, 19 Geoffrey Stein, 20 Sandy Ryan, 21 Tai Lin, 22 Profile Deleted, 23* Gary Paul Stutler, 24 Gil Conradis, 25 Elizabeth Rothschild, 26 Elinore Bucholtz, 27* Will Ellis, 28 Tina Johnston, 29 Janet A. Cook, 30 Terry Hinkle, 31 Ilene Skeen.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*
), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced November 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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*Curators' Choice nominee